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October 30, 2019

Flexibility: the key to a sustainable workforce

In this month's Hospital Times, Lyn McIntyre MBE, UK Director of Healthcare, writes about flexibility in the workforce. We have reproduced the article below, and you can download a PDF…
Blog
April 1, 2019

Find out how Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust now has greater control and visibility over its agency workforce

We are delighted to be hosting our next Study Day at Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in April and I’m personally looking forward to hearing from the Flexible Workforce…
guest blogMedic & Science WorkforceNurse & Care Workforcesupporting customers
March 26, 2019

Why we must change traditional work patterns and increase flexibility to help overcome the workforce challenge

Michael Brown, Area Wide Staff Bank Manager for NHS Forth Valley shares his thoughts on tackling workforce challenges ahead of the Global Healthcare Workforce Crisis panel session at the BMJ…
Compliance & Assuranceguest bloghelpMedic & Science WorkforceNurse & Care Workforcesupporting customers
January 9, 2019

NHS workforce: respect and challenge

Two-thirds of trust chairs and chief executives believe the workforce is the most pressing challenge to delivering high-quality healthcare at their trust (NHS providers 2018). Industry agrees with many commentators…
Case StudyCompliance & Assuranceguest blog
December 13, 2018

The importance of culture and behaviours – The dynamics behind effective assurance

This is the fourth in a series of blogs on governance and the benefits of mechanised assurance. The content is taken from a Good Governance Institute whitepaper, developed with Allocate with…
Case StudyCompliance & Assuranceguest blog
November 22, 2018

Assurance in the NHS: box ticking or quality improvement?

This is the third in a series of blogs on governance and the benefits of mechanised assurance. The content is taken from a Good Governance Institute whitepaper, developed with Allocate with…
Compliance & Assuranceguest blog
November 7, 2018

Where does assurance fit in?

This is the second in a series of blogs on governance and the benefits of mechanised assurance. The content is taken from a Good Governance Institute whitepaper, developed with Allocate with…
Customer SuccessFeaturedhealthRosterNurse & Care Workforcesupporting customers
November 2, 2018

The NHS can only meet is cost savings and improvement targets if it gets to grips with the professionalisation of roster administrators

It is widely acknowledged that effective workforce optimisation is a critical success factor in the direction of travel set out by the NHS Five Year Forward View and the implementation…
Medic & Science Workforce
September 28, 2018

Exception reporting, what can we learn from the data?

The system of exception reporting outlined in the 2016 junior doctor contract ensures that departures from planned working hours, working pattern or access to planned training opportunities are recorded. The BMA, Royal…
Compliance & Assuranceguest blog
September 3, 2018

Governance: what is it all about?

This is the first in a series of blogs on governance and the benefits of mechanised assurance. The content is taken from a Good Governance Institute whitepaper, developed with Allocate with…
healthRosterMedic & Science WorkforceNurse & Care Workforcesafecaretimeclocks
June 7, 2018

Total Workforce Visibility has huge advantages to care and is within easy reach for most organisations

I wish I’d had a pound for every time someone told me they would like to see exactly which staff are onsite at a given precise moment. Operations directors, senior…
Compliance & Assuranceguest blog
May 24, 2018

The surprising benefits to performance that mechanising assurance can bring

The Good Governance Institute (GGI) has been working in collaboration with Allocate Software to explore how mechanised assurance can help to improve the performance of NHS organisations, considering both the…
Compliance & Assurance
February 27, 2018

Assurance in Health and Care matters more today than it has at any other point

In a previous role I spent my days understanding, and talking, about governance, risk and compliance (GRC) in healthcare. It was like an unofficial apprenticeship and I was fortunate enough…
supporting customers
February 20, 2018

5 Characteristics of Effective eRostering

Over the past few months I have been reflecting on the characteristics of effective eRostering. Below are five characteristics I most commonly see in organisations that are realising the benefits…
Featuredhelpsupporting customerswinter pressure
January 4, 2018

Winter Pressure | Here to help with current demand and workforce challenge

Many NHS organisations are facing significant demand pressure since the New Year bank holiday, as outlined in our email sent on the 20th December we are committed to supporting our customers through…
DoctorsFeaturedguest blogHealthMedicsMedic & Science Workforce
December 21, 2017

When the going gets tough, the app gets going: operational realities in doctors workforce deployment

Making better use of our time is, we are told, the answer to most if not all of life’s daily challenges. There is hardly a problem to be faced that…
Compliance & Assurance
December 8, 2017

Improving hospital performance through up-to-date assurance systems

Allocate Software and the Good Governance Institute (GGI) are currently working together to produce a collaborative white paper exploring how mechanised assurance can have a positive impact on the performance…
Doctors Appleave managementMedic & Science Workforce
October 30, 2017

Medic leave management: the critical link for improved service delivery

There is a long running argument that any leave management system is better than not having one at all.  This is perhaps true but other arguments suggest that it is even more critical to…
Allocate AwardsHealthMedicshealthRostersafecareworkforce 2.0
October 22, 2017

There is more to the Allocate Awards than celebrating the individual Trust’s achievement of Workforce 2.0 Principles

Celebrating success is always important. Too often good work goes unnoticed. However equally important is the process of reflection, learning and sharing. This year's Allocate Awards saw sixty-six organisations take…
Customer Success
September 22, 2017

Tackling The Nurse Staffing Levels Act in Wales with inspiration from the UK’s biggest rostering conference

Efficient rostering has been at the forefront of operational discussions during recent years. The Lord Carter investigation highlighted that the variations in costs and practices, if addressed, could save the…
Case StudyCustomer Success
September 21, 2017

Why attend UG17? “It’s customer led, customer focused and all about sharing knowledge & experience”

As a new customer back in 2014, I didn’t know what to expect from the National User Group Conference. Dorset HealthCare had only had HealthRoster for about 6 months so this was completely…
Allocate Company NewsFeatured
August 15, 2017

New look Allocate Brand: Focusing on Allocate’s ‘Human Touch’

On the 16th August Allocate will launch its new look brand identity, we thought it would be great to speak with Dr Sati Sian, Allocate’s CEO about the new look and…
Medic & Science Workforce
April 6, 2017

Locum pay caps: it’s all about transparency in consultant staffing

There is a great deal of discussion and debate about staff shortages and this is not just about nurses, it is also particularly relevant at junior doctor and consultant level.…
Medic & Science Workforce
April 6, 2017

A Rota or Roster……What’s the difference anyway

“I have a roster so why do I need a rota?” says Jack the roster manager to medical staff manager Joan who in turn replies “I am not too bothered…
Compliance & AssuranceCustomer SuccessNurse & Care Workforce
March 22, 2017

A raw feel: What happens when CQC Inspection preparation uncovers a surprise?

Having worked with a variety of healthcare organisations and their Senior Management Teams (SMT) it is very clear to me that whatever the healthcare setting there is common ground underpinning the fabric…
Nurse & Care Workforce
February 20, 2017

Changing staff perceptions of monthly expenses

The last couple of years has heralded the rise of mobile Apps that are revolutionising healthcare. Many of these apps are driving transformation in the delivery of healthcare and making…
Medic & Science Workforce
February 16, 2017

How do you start to solve a problem like doctor burnout?

Doctors are universally recognised as healers. They reduce our pain, show empathy towards our worries and ‘fix’ us so that we can live our lives happily and healthily…but in the…
Medic & Science Workforce
February 16, 2017

Effective and efficient consultant job planning…is it really important to the NHS?

The NHS faces a particularly challenging period as it seeks to do more with the same or even less resources. In large part one of the key resources around which…
Nurse & Care Workforce
January 13, 2017

What does 2017 hold in store for NHS Workforce Management?

In many ways 2016 was another incredible year for policy around NHS staffing and it may provide all the clues we need about what to expect this year. You might…
Compliance & AssuranceCustomer Success
January 12, 2017

The proposed CQC changes to Key Lines of Enquiry (KLOEs) and how Allocate is keeping in touch with developments

As the CQC responds to the consultation on its strategy and looks to update their Key Lines of Enquiry (KLOEs), we closely monitor developments to ensure that they are adopted quickly.…
Medic & Science Workforce
January 12, 2017

MedicOnDuty’s almost hidden gem – iCal integration

One of the challenges when working shifts is planning your life around a variable work pattern. It can be a time consuming process copying your rota down into your personal…
Flow
January 5, 2017

RealTime Combined Referrals

RealTime's Combined Referral module has been updated and improved in version 6 to address the needs of today's integrated health and social care referral process.   The module design is based…
Medic & Science WorkforceNurse & Care Workforce
December 14, 2016

Thinking the unthinkable – the seismic shifts underway to fix the agency crisis in the NHS

If you thought the agency cap was radical - think again, NHS leaders are cutting through years of received wisdom to tackle the agency spend problem in some surprising ways…
Case StudyCompliance & Assurance
December 8, 2016

The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust: using HealthAssure for one consistent source of data for the whole organisation, enabling improvement over compliance and releasing time to care.

The reporting and resulting administration pressure on healthcare is higher than ever; yet  how is  great governance, assurance and compliance expected to come out of multiple reports, systems, paper forms,…
Compliance & Assurance
December 8, 2016

Guest blog: Lessons on how you self-regulate across a health economy vs a large trust

Allocate are proud to introduce guest blogger Andrew Corbett-Nolan, Chief Executive of Good Governance Institute. GGI support better governance practice to ensure organisations develop a focus on leadership and strategy.…
Flow
December 5, 2016

Patient flow principles new cure for NHS capacity issues?

The NHS continues doing the same things over and over again expecting different results. A new approach and radically different way of thinking is needed. This was the conclusion of…
FeaturedNurse & Care Workforce
November 1, 2016

90 day Rapid Improvement programme

From the days of implementing e-rostering in a large acute hospital 10 years ago, I have been interested in using systems to support clinical quality, efficiency and staff experience -…
Nurse & Care Workforce
November 1, 2016

Approving rosters really matters…

I have never met a person who didn’t agree that approving rosters early is a good idea.  It is one of those things that when you discuss its importance everyone…
Blog
October 12, 2016

Nuffield Trust Report Calls for Better Use of Real Time Data

Real time data rather than a “midnight census” of empty beds could help trusts tackle flow problems and reduce delays for patients, a report from the Nuffield Trust has said. Counting beds at midnight…
Blog
October 5, 2016

The Future of Discharge Planning

Allocate have taken discharge planning and capacity management to a new level with the latest release of their proven patient flow product RealTime.  Putting the power into the hands of Trusts,…
Customer SuccessNurse & Care Workforce
August 10, 2016

Spot light on: Rostering Complex Areas training course

Sometimes we come across an area that is a little different, a little more complex, and that might like to view and manage their rosters in a different way.  They…
Customer SuccessNurse & Care Workforce
August 10, 2016

What is the Allocate Academy?

It is our experience that having well trained expert administrators, and highly trained users of our software with a good understanding or related processes, is essential for ensuring ongoing benefits…
Customer Success
August 10, 2016

HealthRoster time saving practical hints & tips for users

Practical hints and tips from the Allocate Customer Success team From Dean Vincent, Customer Success Analyst Create ward/unit skills and assign to shifts within the demand template, and to appropriate bank…
Customer SuccessFeatured
August 10, 2016

Trainer blog: tips for a successful HealthRoster ACP Assessment

The HealthRoster ACP Assessment is not as hard as some may make out. Like all test environments it’s all in the preparation.  It’s no good simply knowing what certain functionalities…
Customer SuccessNurse & Care Workforce
August 10, 2016

Allocate Certified Specialist (ACS) certification

The Allocate Certified Specialist (ACS)  certification is the next step in terms of progression from Allocate Certified Professional (ACP). It is suitable for administrators with an advanced level of knowledge,…
Case StudyCustomer SuccessNurse & Care Workforce
August 10, 2016

6 HealthRoster users describe their accreditation journey to become Allocate Certified Professional’s (ACP)

The exam, the benefits, and some advice from our recently accredited ACP customers: “I like having an official certificate proving my expertise in HealthRoster to display on my wall and…
Case StudyCompliance & AssuranceCustomer SuccessMedic & Science WorkforceNurse & Care Workforce
August 3, 2016

Allocate Awards – a look back at 2015

With the 2016 Awards now open for nominations we take a look back at 2015's ceremony and the winners - it could be you this year but you have to be in it to…
Compliance & Assurance
July 22, 2016

Regulation news and updates

Highlights from CQC, NICE, Department of Health, NHS England, HSJ, Monitor/NHS Improvement CQC general update CQC have started to use a prototype report looking at how it will assess the…
Compliance & Assurance
July 21, 2016

CQC Inspections – tips from recent conferences

Outstanding CQC Inspections Conference – London, June 2016 Allocate Software sponsored the recent event Outstanding CQC Inspections in Hospitals. There were many speakers including the CEO of Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation…
Compliance & Assurance
July 21, 2016

HealthAssure Customer update

Thank you to our customers who have recently taken part in focus groups, product testing and pilots. Your feedback is priceless and we have taken all your comments onboard and…
Case StudyCompliance & Assurance
July 20, 2016

Managing CAS alerts at Kettering

Chris Sawyer, Health and Safety Manager at Kettering General Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, tells us about managing CAS alerts at Kettering; why they partnered with Allocate to develop the CASAssure system; some of the functionality and benefits. "Kettering…
Compliance & Assurance
July 20, 2016

Free Trial of CASAssure for HealthAssure Customers

Allocate Software have launched their exciting new HealthAssure module for monitoring and reporting on CAS Alerts. Allocate are so convinced that CASAssure can save Trusts time, as well as provide…
Case StudyCompliance & AssuranceCustomer Success
July 20, 2016

Using HealthAssure as a project & assurance tool at a CCG

By Sarah, Programme Support Officer NHS North Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group.  North Derbyshire CCG provides medical services for 36 practices with a registered population of 290,198. "The Project Management Office (PMO) was established…
Compliance & AssuranceCustomer Success
July 20, 2016

More than Software – Customer Success

Many of us will have had that sinking feeling when we buy or are asked to use a new piece of software: the features sound great, it looks good and…
guest blogMedic & Science WorkforceNurse & Care Workforcesupporting customers
March 26, 2019

Why we must change traditional work patterns and increase flexibility to help overcome the workforce challenge

Michael Brown, Area Wide Staff Bank Manager for NHS Forth Valley shares his thoughts on tackling workforce challenges ahead of the Global Healthcare Workforce Crisis panel session at the BMJ…
Compliance & Assuranceguest bloghelpMedic & Science WorkforceNurse & Care Workforcesupporting customers
January 9, 2019

NHS workforce: respect and challenge

Two-thirds of trust chairs and chief executives believe the workforce is the most pressing challenge to delivering high-quality healthcare at their trust (NHS providers 2018). Industry agrees with many commentators…
Customer SuccessFeaturedhealthRosterNurse & Care Workforcesupporting customers
November 2, 2018

The NHS can only meet is cost savings and improvement targets if it gets to grips with the professionalisation of roster administrators

It is widely acknowledged that effective workforce optimisation is a critical success factor in the direction of travel set out by the NHS Five Year Forward View and the implementation…
healthRosterMedic & Science WorkforceNurse & Care Workforcesafecaretimeclocks
June 7, 2018

Total Workforce Visibility has huge advantages to care and is within easy reach for most organisations

I wish I’d had a pound for every time someone told me they would like to see exactly which staff are onsite at a given precise moment. Operations directors, senior…
Compliance & AssuranceCustomer SuccessNurse & Care Workforce
March 22, 2017

A raw feel: What happens when CQC Inspection preparation uncovers a surprise?

Having worked with a variety of healthcare organisations and their Senior Management Teams (SMT) it is very clear to me that whatever the healthcare setting there is common ground underpinning the fabric…
Nurse & Care Workforce
February 20, 2017

Changing staff perceptions of monthly expenses

The last couple of years has heralded the rise of mobile Apps that are revolutionising healthcare. Many of these apps are driving transformation in the delivery of healthcare and making…
Nurse & Care Workforce
January 13, 2017

What does 2017 hold in store for NHS Workforce Management?

In many ways 2016 was another incredible year for policy around NHS staffing and it may provide all the clues we need about what to expect this year. You might…
Medic & Science WorkforceNurse & Care Workforce
December 14, 2016

Thinking the unthinkable – the seismic shifts underway to fix the agency crisis in the NHS

If you thought the agency cap was radical - think again, NHS leaders are cutting through years of received wisdom to tackle the agency spend problem in some surprising ways…
FeaturedNurse & Care Workforce
November 1, 2016

90 day Rapid Improvement programme

From the days of implementing e-rostering in a large acute hospital 10 years ago, I have been interested in using systems to support clinical quality, efficiency and staff experience -…
guest blogMedic & Science WorkforceNurse & Care Workforcesupporting customers
March 26, 2019

Why we must change traditional work patterns and increase flexibility to help overcome the workforce challenge

Michael Brown, Area Wide Staff Bank Manager for NHS Forth Valley shares his thoughts on tackling workforce challenges ahead of the Global Healthcare Workforce Crisis panel session at the BMJ…
Compliance & Assuranceguest bloghelpMedic & Science WorkforceNurse & Care Workforcesupporting customers
January 9, 2019

NHS workforce: respect and challenge

Two-thirds of trust chairs and chief executives believe the workforce is the most pressing challenge to delivering high-quality healthcare at their trust (NHS providers 2018). Industry agrees with many commentators…
Medic & Science Workforce
September 28, 2018

Exception reporting, what can we learn from the data?

The system of exception reporting outlined in the 2016 junior doctor contract ensures that departures from planned working hours, working pattern or access to planned training opportunities are recorded. The BMA, Royal…
healthRosterMedic & Science WorkforceNurse & Care Workforcesafecaretimeclocks
June 7, 2018

Total Workforce Visibility has huge advantages to care and is within easy reach for most organisations

I wish I’d had a pound for every time someone told me they would like to see exactly which staff are onsite at a given precise moment. Operations directors, senior…
DoctorsFeaturedguest blogHealthMedicsMedic & Science Workforce
December 21, 2017

When the going gets tough, the app gets going: operational realities in doctors workforce deployment

Making better use of our time is, we are told, the answer to most if not all of life’s daily challenges. There is hardly a problem to be faced that…
Doctors Appleave managementMedic & Science Workforce
October 30, 2017

Medic leave management: the critical link for improved service delivery

There is a long running argument that any leave management system is better than not having one at all.  This is perhaps true but other arguments suggest that it is even more critical to…
Medic & Science Workforce
April 6, 2017

Locum pay caps: it’s all about transparency in consultant staffing

There is a great deal of discussion and debate about staff shortages and this is not just about nurses, it is also particularly relevant at junior doctor and consultant level.…
Medic & Science Workforce
April 6, 2017

A Rota or Roster……What’s the difference anyway

“I have a roster so why do I need a rota?” says Jack the roster manager to medical staff manager Joan who in turn replies “I am not too bothered…
Medic & Science Workforce
February 16, 2017

How do you start to solve a problem like doctor burnout?

Doctors are universally recognised as healers. They reduce our pain, show empathy towards our worries and ‘fix’ us so that we can live our lives happily and healthily…but in the…
Compliance & Assuranceguest bloghelpMedic & Science WorkforceNurse & Care Workforcesupporting customers
January 9, 2019

NHS workforce: respect and challenge

Two-thirds of trust chairs and chief executives believe the workforce is the most pressing challenge to delivering high-quality healthcare at their trust (NHS providers 2018). Industry agrees with many commentators…
Case StudyCompliance & Assuranceguest blog
December 13, 2018

The importance of culture and behaviours – The dynamics behind effective assurance

This is the fourth in a series of blogs on governance and the benefits of mechanised assurance. The content is taken from a Good Governance Institute whitepaper, developed with Allocate with…
Case StudyCompliance & Assuranceguest blog
November 22, 2018

Assurance in the NHS: box ticking or quality improvement?

This is the third in a series of blogs on governance and the benefits of mechanised assurance. The content is taken from a Good Governance Institute whitepaper, developed with Allocate with…
Compliance & Assuranceguest blog
November 7, 2018

Where does assurance fit in?

This is the second in a series of blogs on governance and the benefits of mechanised assurance. The content is taken from a Good Governance Institute whitepaper, developed with Allocate with…
Compliance & Assuranceguest blog
September 3, 2018

Governance: what is it all about?

This is the first in a series of blogs on governance and the benefits of mechanised assurance. The content is taken from a Good Governance Institute whitepaper, developed with Allocate with…
Compliance & Assuranceguest blog
May 24, 2018

The surprising benefits to performance that mechanising assurance can bring

The Good Governance Institute (GGI) has been working in collaboration with Allocate Software to explore how mechanised assurance can help to improve the performance of NHS organisations, considering both the…
Compliance & Assurance
February 27, 2018

Assurance in Health and Care matters more today than it has at any other point

In a previous role I spent my days understanding, and talking, about governance, risk and compliance (GRC) in healthcare. It was like an unofficial apprenticeship and I was fortunate enough…
Compliance & Assurance
December 8, 2017

Improving hospital performance through up-to-date assurance systems

Allocate Software and the Good Governance Institute (GGI) are currently working together to produce a collaborative white paper exploring how mechanised assurance can have a positive impact on the performance…
Compliance & AssuranceCustomer SuccessNurse & Care Workforce
March 22, 2017

A raw feel: What happens when CQC Inspection preparation uncovers a surprise?

Having worked with a variety of healthcare organisations and their Senior Management Teams (SMT) it is very clear to me that whatever the healthcare setting there is common ground underpinning the fabric…